MFL at Grimley and Holt
At our School, our primary intent is to provide all children with an exceptional education in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) that instills in them a love for learning about different languages and cultures. Currently, we teach French as our MFL, but we are committed to giving our students opportunities to explore other languages as well. Our goal is to ensure that by the end of their primary education, children have a comprehensive understanding of both spoken and written French, feel confident in speaking French with others, and recognize the significance of learning other languages for their future.
In our school, we teach French as a Modern Foreign Language to students in KS2. The lessons are delivered in a whole-class setting, utilizing the Rising Stars scheme of work. Our lessons are designed to be engaging from the start and have clear objectives that can be achieved. We incorporate creative activities that cater to different learning styles and aim to motivate the children. Our French lessons use a variety of sources to model the language, including games, stories, and songs to make it enjoyable and connect it with real-life situations. In Year 3, we focus on speaking and listening, gradually developing reading and writing skills to lay the groundwork for foreign language teaching in KS3.
We use a range of fun, exciting, and engaging activities in each lesson to help children build on the skills they have already learned and develop new ones. These activities include learning French vocabulary, asking and answering questions in French, and following instructions. We also reinforce memory with mime and physical actions, play games, use video clips, and bilingual dictionaries. Children are taught basic French grammar, sentence structure, and spelling patterns, French phonics, and learn about life in France through researching and reading bilingual stories. Creative tasks are also introduced to demonstrate learning, such as writing phrases and sentences.
Our MFL curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop crucial language learning skills mandated by the national curriculum, while simultaneously fostering a passion for foreign languages and a desire to learn about other cultures. The specific skills we aim to develop are as follows:
– Ability to comprehend and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
– Ability to speak with increasing confidence, fluency, and spontaneity, finding ways to communicate their ideas effectively through discussion and questions, and continuously improve their pronunciation and intonation accuracy.
– Capability to write in the language studied for different purposes and audiences, varying the length and using a variety of grammatical structures they have learned.
– Opportunity to explore and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
We assess the effectiveness of our curriculum using several methods, including observing children as they speak and listen in a foreign language, evaluating their written work, and capturing images and videos of them engaging in speaking and listening activities. We also interview students to get their feedback on what they have learned and provide annual progress reports to parents. Additionally, we conduct learning walks and track and monitor the progress of each subject.
French in KS2
The language curriculum supports many other subject areas, and children’s use of language is enriched by application within the Mantle of the Expert.
MFL and SMSC
Spiritual: MFL supports Spiritual development by getting the pupils excited about learning about the world around them.
Moral: MFL supports Moral development by encouraging pupils to recognise the importance of learning a MFL from another country to enable them to respect how difficult it is when people visit Britain and try to speak a new language.
Social: MFL supports Social development by allowing children to work with a partner or as part of a group.
Cultural: MFL Supports Cultural development by encouraging children to appreciate the similarities and differences between France and Britain.
The learning of a modern foreign language contributes to the development of our children’s listening and speaking skills. It also develops the children’s grasp of linguistic features such as rhyme, rhythm and emphasises the importance of knowing the role of different word types in sentence structure.
Children reinforce their time-telling skills by playing time-related games in the foreign language. We play number games, too, that reinforce their counting and calculation skills, expand their understanding of date, and increase their knowledge about money.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
One of the main benefits to the children of learning a modern foreign language at primary school level is a social one. It gives the children the opportunity to learn about cultures from a different country. Lessons also give children the opportunity to take part in paired/ group work.
We ask the children to do research on the different countries in which the French language is spoken after they have first found them on a map or a globe. In MFL lessons children will learn the names of cities and towns in France and will also begin to describe the weather.
Videos, games and programmes are used on the interactive whiteboard support and engage children in their French learning.
Every year, we hold a French day to promote French/language learning throughout school. The Year 5 children hold a French market which links to the learning they complete in class. The other classes complete a range of activities to support their language learning and give them an increasing understanding of the History, Geography and Culture of France.